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October 12, 2010

Message of Pope John Paul II for the Sick at Fatima May 13, 2000. Video Night Vigil

Pope John Paul II Arrives
at Fatima Sanctuary
To Beatify Jacinta and Francesco

I was going to do a similiar post back in May but the joy of the First visit to Fatima as pope of Benedict XVI the post on May 13 covered this historic event! I remember with joy the excitement in the sanctuary as the pope arrived seeing his helicopter fly over the sanctuary and knowing he was blessing all those present. I thank God for the grace he gave me to be present for this great moment in the church the long awaited beatifications of the shepherd children.  This event taking place so soon after the Canonization of Sr. Mary Faustina Kowalska on Mercy Sunday April 30. God had given me the joy to also be present at this momentous occasion in the history of the church. I had a seat near her community on the balcony with the pope. Not because I was worthy or had done anything to merit it. No! On the contrary it was a gift of his great mercy to me, a soul who He has been truly merciful to and wanted to teach me the ways of Providence and Mercy!  I am still learning! So many were so caught up in the News that the Pope was going to reveal the 3rd Secret with the members of the press that  in some cases the Beatifications were overshadowed by some as an after thought.

The Crowds at the Night Vigil on May 12, 2000

Pope John Paul II sick himself gave a heartfelt message to the sick at Fatima during the Beatification Ceremonies I wish to share it once more  for those who never read it!

           Pope John Paul's  
        Greeting to the Sick
                             May 13, 2000

Dear Pilgrims to Fátima!

I would now like to offer a special greeting to the sick, who are present here in large numbers, but I also extend it to all who, at home or in hospital, have joined us in spirit. The Pope greets you with great affection, dear sick people, and assures you and those who are close to you of a special remembrance in prayer. I place the longings of each of you on the altar where Jesus continuously intercedes and sacrifices himself for humanity. I have come among you today as a witness to the risen Jesus. He knows what it is to suffer; he experienced the anguish of death, but by his death he destroyed death itself and is absolutely the first human being to have freed himself from its chains once and for all. He traveled man's whole journey to the heavenly homeland, where he has prepared a throne of glory for each of us.

Dear sick brother or sister!
If someone or something makes you think that you have reached the end of the line, do not believe it! If you know the eternal Love who created you, you also know that there is an immortal soul within you. There are various seasons in life; if by chance you feel winter approaching, I want you to know that it is not the last season, because the last one will be spring: the springtime of the Resurrection. Your whole life extends infinitely beyond its earthly limits: heaven awaits you.

Dear sick people!
I know that "the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us" (Rom 8: 18). Take courage! In this Holy Year an abundance of the Father's grace is poured out on those who know how to receive it with the simple, trusting heart of a child. Jesus reminded us of this in the Gospel passage proclaimed earlier. Seek also to be numbered among these "little ones", dear sick people, so that Jesus will delight in you. In a little while he will draw near you to bless you personally in the Blessed Sacrament. He comes to you with the promise: "Behold, I make all things new" (Rv 21: 5). Have trust! Abandon yourselves to his provident hands, as did the little shepherds Francisco and Jacinta. They are telling you that you are not alone. The heavenly Father loves you.

Night Vigil Rosary Procession at Fatima
12th of each Month May-October
              God Willing another post tomorrow on the 13th!

September 13, 2010

Our Lady of Knock 1879, LaSallette 1846, and Fatima - A Hidden Mystery in the Unfolding of History!

                                      Knock 1879                                                LaSallette 1846

Knock and LaSallette Were 33 Years Apart 
the Age of Our Lord When He Died

                                                                     Fatima, 1917

                             “Do not offend Our Lord and God anymore,
                     because He is already so much offended!'                                
How loving a complaint, how tender a request!
Who will grant me to make it echo through the whole world" Sr. Lucia

For two years now I wanted to put a post out on Our Lady of Knock on the anniversary of the apparition. This year again, I was overwhelmed with little duties so that it made it impossible for me to finish the post I was working on till now! I refuse to wait another year! So for better or worse here is my little contribution on the message of Our Lady at Knock. Placing these reflections on the Heavenly Vision that took place in 1879, in County Mayo, Ireland in the light of the messages of Our Lady at Fatima.

Using the same principal set forth in a previous post: From Guadelupe to Fatima A Prophetic Mystery. Fatima is undoubtedly the most prophetic of all the modern apparitions over the past 500 years. If we understand the implications of this statement then it will lead us to meditate on each of our Lady's appearances in the light of the Fatima Message.


According to Susan Tassone author of several books about the Holy Souls, including major novenas, the marvelous appearance on the gable of the Knock Church came on the day when the parish priest, Archdeacon Cavanagh, finished offering, his 100th consecutive Mass for the suffering souls in purgatory! She wrote that a secret organization resorting to violence had threatened the pastor by letter for preaching against their tactics. They resented his condemnation of violence, which prevented them from gaining recruits in the Knock parish. In his distress, he turned to the suffering souls and called on his parishioners to fill the church for 100 days of these offered Masses. And what an answer he was given from Heaven!" As word spread of the apparitions of Knock miraculous healings also took place (the parish priest recorded 300 in the first three years).

Throughout the church’s history there have been supernatural apparitions and signs which, to the surprise of believers and non-believers alike, play their part in the unfolding of human history. There is a deep significance in each Church approved apparition in its historical context and a deeper hidden significance that may only be discovered through prayer and meditation. Rev. Gallagher wrote in the Knock Shrine Annual in 1938. “The apparition itself explains its own significance, declares its own meaning.”

Over time the church, with the help of the Holy Spirit, reflects on these appearances of Our Lady uncovering the hidden mysteries. Mysteries to be revealed at a latter time when they will be better understood after reflecting on them in the unfolding of history. They are not coincidences! God has a purpose in everything he does. There are mysteries in the timing of the appearances as well as within the historical context of the time religious persecution and famine. Further mysteries are gleaned in the providence of God as history unfolds. And the church looks back and reflects. All things; past, present and future lay open before the eternal gaze of God over man.

Remember that our Lord said to the Apostles: “The helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I have said to you.” (John:14: 26) “When He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth”. (John 16.13). Through the guidance of this same Holy Spirit the church also discovers the finger of God in the events and symbols contained within each church approved Marian apparition.


On the night of the apparition, those witnessing the apparition knelt for two hours in the pouring rain and prayed the rosary as they watched the vision unfold for over two hours. At Knock the entire area and the witnesses were also soaked from the rain, but the ground around the vision was dry! Fourteen witnesses from 6 years of age to 75 saw the apparition. One other person is documented as having observed the bright light over the church from half a mile away, but did not come to investigate.

Here how I could not help but think of another the similarity with Fatima. All the people who came and prayed the Rosary in the pouring rain as they were waiting for the promised miracle to take place on October 13, 1917. Men and women af all ages and faith experiences witnessed the Miracle. After the Great Miracle of the Sun the people and the ground drenched in rain were completely dry! Also at Fatima the miracle of the Sun was seen from a distance by people up to 70 miles away!


There is a deep meaning in silence. There is not enough time to relate all the aspects that surround the silence of Knock. Two people who love each other can sit together for hours and no words are said yet each knows what the other needs or is thinking. We leave to your meditation with the help of the Holy Spirit to uncover the deeper aspects of the Silence of Knock.

But for our purposes, truly here the silence has spoken! I wish to apply the following words from St. Augustine in his Confessions to the silence of the vision of Knock: “You called, you shouted, and you broke through my deafness. You flashed, you shone, and you dispelled my blindness. You breathed your fragrance on me; I drew in breath and now I pant for you. I have tasted you, now I hunger and thirst for more. You touched me, and I burned for your peace.”

Another example to help explain this line of thought is gleaned from the apparition of Our Lady at LaSallet in 1846. Here there was a very lengthy message given to the seers together and individually. Our Lady at one point seated on a rock representing the church and papacy. Her face buried in her hands, she was weeping. Weeping for the people and the sins of the time. But, is it possible that she also weeping for us? At one point the children noted that as she stood up to leave she turned her face sorrowfully in silence towards Rome. Silence, no further words can be said, they are too painful to be spoken. The silence of the heart of a Mother who sees all the troubles and anxieties that are going to befall the people and the church over the centuries.

Could it be that Our Lady at Knock who already gave a lengthy message at LaSallette just 33 years previous came again in silence with a similar message for a future time in the symbols of the vision? Our Lady was in deep prayer throughout the length of the apparition at Knock. Was she peering for us once more into the future? Pondering all these things and keeping them in her heart? Pondering the past, present and future contemplated by her in the mind of God, yet hidden from us until the proper time. The Message of LaSallette had been given in 1846 and for all aspects understandably not accepted by the church at that time. The reasons are beyond the scope this post and must be left to another time if God wills. The message was ignored because the context was too hard to accept for the times that they were first given. But today looking back sadly….we can see the possible applications for our time.

Maybe our unwillingness to listen to what God has already spoken through the scriptures and his prophets. In previous approved messages from Heaven. God has decided to speak to those who will heed his voice. Those to whom today God wishes to revel his secrets. “I confess to thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them to the little ones. Matthew: 11:25 These little ones who are given the gift to hear his voice in the silence because upon hearing they will obey.

The date of the apparition of Knock occurred, August 21, 1879. In 1944, August 21 became the vigil of the Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Pope Pius XII placed August 22 on the calendar as the Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in response to the requests of Sr. Lucia of Fatima. The feast was moved in the new calendar to follow the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. “Our Lady told Sr. Lucia that God wished to establish in the world devotion to her Immaculate Heart to save souls from hell.” If what I say to you is done, many souls will be saved and there will be peace.”


Could the apparition of Knock also be an announcement for the upcoming Second Vatican Council? When the Holy Mass and the Blessed Sacraments the greatest treasure of the church came under attack! The Angels who surround the lamb on the altar protecting and defending the assaults that would take place by the powers of Hell on the Holy Mass and the Real Presence of the Lord in the Blessed Sacrament!

In previous posts we have already indicated that the drama of Fatima could be pointing in time to the upcoming attacks on the papacy, the Holy Mass, and the Blessed Sacrament following the Second Vatican Council. See: The 3rd Secret of Fatima, 1960 and the Crisis in the Priesthood  1960 being the focal point when the secret was to be opened and read. Not earlier Sr. Lucia said it would be better understood then. Looking back we see many Historical Events that took place in the 1960s with regards to the Catholic Church, Fatima and the Conversion of Russia. The escalation of the Vietnam War to stop the spread of Communism; the Civil Rights Movement; the change in culture and the creation of a new counterculture that changed the world. The second Vatican Council opened and closed in the early 1960s and the Berlin Wall was built.

At Knock, the Angels hovered protectively around the lamb on the altar. Adoring what men would no longer adore! No sweet Angelic hymns were heard yet one can hear the thrice Angelic Hymn echoing powerfully throughout the vision ---“Sanctus! Sanctus! Sanctus! Dominus Deus Sabaoth! Holy, Lord God of Power and Might! Pleni Sunt Caeli et terra Gloria tua! Heaven and Earth are full of your Glory! Benedictus que venit in nomine Domini! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Saints have written much better than I meditations on the Angelic Hymn that is recited at every Holy Mass—The Lord God of Power and Might becomes the lamb that was slain! Later at Fatima an Angel taught the children and through them the church to make Eucharistic reparation for all the outrages sacrileges and indifferences by which he is offended in this august Sacrament

St. John was dressed in a bishop’s robe and miter. He had with an open book and was depicted as preaching yet one could not hear what was being said. He represented all bishops who remain faithful to Peter. This thought is especially striking, considering the rich symbolism of the Lamb, the altar, and the cross in this vision, all pointing to the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass! It would seem that the vision of Knock was to instill an increase of love and reverence for the Holy Mass! "Be still and see that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, and I will be exalted in the earth." Psalm 46:10 Much can be said in the meditation of this verse from Psalm 46 in regards to the lamb on the altar!

In the silence of Knock Heaven was giving us an example on how to survive spiritually intact the upcoming upheavals in the wake of the council and attacks on the church. As the time grew closer Our Lord would once more send his Mother to Fatima with an Angel, verbal warnings and instructions and A Great Miracle the greatest supernatural event since Biblical times does not belong to Faith or Science it is an Historical event! This it seems has also has gone unheeded. Prayer of the Rosary everyday and Consecration to her Immaculate Heart with the wearing of the brown scapular as a sign of that consecration. Our Lady's motherly solicitude to the church over the centuries comforts and teaches us that the Holy Mass, Eucharistic Adoration and Obedience to the bishops in union with the Pope are the means for us to live through and survive the assaults of hell on the church in the Holy Mass and the Eucharist. Her presence lets us know she is walking with us to help us if we place ourselves under her protection. Fullfilling the requests of Our Lady at Fatima is the means given by God for the Final Triumph of Good over Evil!

Through the years, the number of pilgrims visiting Our Lady of Knock Shrine has grown. In 1957, the Apparition Church at Knock became an affiliated with the church of the Basilica of St. Mary Major in Rome, one of the highest honors that can be bestowed upon a Shrine. Three million pilgrims from all over the world visited the Shrine during the 100th Anniversary of the apparition in 1979. Pope John Paul II also came on pilgrimage to Knock Shrine to commemorate the centenary of the Apparitions on September 30, 1979, presenting the Golden Rose to this Shrine. His opening words at Knock were: ‘Here I am at the goal of my journey to Ireland: the Shrine of Our Lady at Knock...I am here then as a pilgrim, a sign of the pilgrim church throughout the world.”

Almost half a million pilgrims gathered at Knock on that day. On this occasion he presented a Golden Rose, to the Shrine of Knock which ranks among the world’s major Marian shrines with the full approval of the Church. Pope Paul VI and Pope Benedict XVI each presented a Golden Rose to the Shrine of Fatima.

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Music and Lyrics Dana (Rosemary Scallon)
See: End of Post for Video

There were people of all ages
gathered ‘round the gable wall
poor and humble men and women,
little children that you called
We are gathered here before you,
and our hearts are just the same
filled with joy at such a vision,
as we praise your holy name

Golden Rose, Queen of Ireland,
all my cares  and troubles cease
as we kneel with love before you,
              Lady of Knock, my Queen of peace!             

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  Though your message was unspoken,
still the truth in silence lies
as we gaze upon your vision,
and the truth I try to find

Here I stand with John the teacher,
and with Joseph at your side
and I see the Lamb of God,
on the Altar glorified
Refrain: Golden Rose, Queen of Ireland,
all my cares and troubles cease
as we kneel with love before you,
Lady of Knock, my Queen of peace!
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                              And the woman clothed in the sun,
will shine Her light on everyone
and the lamb will conquer!

And the woman clothed in the sun,
will shine Her light on everyone
and the lamb will conquer!

                                     Golden Rose, Queen of Ireland,
all my cares and troubles cease
as we kneel with love before you,
Lady of Knock, my Queen of Peace!

August 13, 2010

The 3rd Secret of Fatima --1960 -- and Today’s Clergy Abuse Crisis is there a Connection?

The 3rd Secret of Fatima --1960 --

Today’s Clergy Abuse Crisis

Is there a Connection?

In light of this new wound added to the mystical body of Christ in the ongoing  Fr. Corapi  scandal I decided to revise this post from a year ago. I am not taking sides in the present controversy waiting for all the truth to be manifest over time.  I only hope to shed light on WHY it is happening!  What is going on in the church in the world today in the light of the Fatima Message

The recent attacks on the papacy by the liberal media made me wonder if there was a connection with Fatima and the 3rd Secret. See: Unprecedented Media Attacks on the Pope-Fueled by the Devil?  How could this crisis have happened? Evidence in light of this current crisis suggests that there is some infiltration into the church by a network; if not communists then homosexuals even those who practice the occult in order to destroy the church from within.

This  heartbreaking scandal concerning Fr. Corapi. culminated again today,  with  the Catholic News Agency article on line Fr. Corapi's order finds him guilty!  

Father John Corapi’s religious order has found him guilty of substance abuse, sexual activity and violating his promise of poverty. A July 5 press release from the Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity (SOLT) said that while Fr. Corapi was involved in public ministry he had “sexual relations and years of cohabitation with a woman known to him, when the relationship began, as a prostitute.”

 I am attending a parish that allows the Tridentine Mass so I am secluded very much from all the shenanigans that take place in many of our more progressive parishes. Non-the-less there are times I have to attend Mass somewhere outside the protective arms of a faithful parish. I recently attended Mass at a Catholic Hospital in my Archdiocese and the chaplain gave me indications of his poor state of soul by his actions during the sacred mysteries. He stopped the Mass at various points to tell a joke and comment on our singing. Completely irrelevant to the sacred mysteries he was about to or had already conferred. The last irreverent distraction from him took place after we sang the Agnus Dei Lamb of God he stopped the Mass to Joke about our singing! This happened at three different Masses I attended. The last time I was so upset I did not even pay attention to what he was saying just shook my head no as he was looking at me and smiling. I could not receive communion then because of the angry feelings I had and attended another Mass somewhere else that day. I did let him know before I left that the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass was not the time to do stand up comedy. Alas another place I cannot go for Mass! 

The Devil Mirrors the Communion of Saints

Recent events during the current clergy abuse crisis suggests to me that the evil spirit has a mirror for the communion of saints.  St. Thomas Aquinas calls it the communion of evil. It works like our communion of saints church triumphant in heaven and militant on earth. Only we have souls in hell and souls in this life in deliberate mortal sin who are under the power of the evil one. Much can be said about this but it will have to wait for another future post. We have an indication of this battle in the church in the Locution of Pope Leo XII when Satan was given permission by Jesus to try to destroy the church in a 100 years time. Some accounts state that the locution or vision took place on October 13, 1884 exactly 33 years to the day of the miracle of the sun at Fatima! See: Locution of Pope Leo XIII 

St Thomas wrote on these mystical bodoes "The Mystical Body of Christ and the mystical body of the Devil or of the Antichrist. To one or another every man belongs. The Mystical Body of Christ is the Holy Church, His pure and faithful Spouse …. The mystical body of the Devil is the ensemble of impious men. Like an adulterous wet nurse, it nourishes this ensemble. The Devil is its head, and the evil persons are its members …. “The body of the Devil,” says St. Gregory, “is composed by all the impious men.”

Just as Christ, in Himself and through His disciples, always seeks to cut off the members of the Devil and incorporate them to Himself .… so also does the Devil. By his efforts and those of his cohorts, the Devil aims to amputate the members of Christ to unite them to the sordid members of his prostitute ….

“Know you not, that your bodies are the members of Christ? Shall I, then, taking the members of Christ, make them the members of a harlot?” (1Cor 6:15)  And St. Paul answers: “God forbid.”

St. Augustine writes: “They cannot be at the same time members of Christ and members of a prostitute. Many receive the Body of Christ in the Sacrament, but not in their souls. By failing to receive Christ spiritually and leading bad lives, they reduce the members of Christ, making themselves members of the Devil, so they greatly diminish the Body of Christ.
(St. Thomas Aquinas, De venerabile Sacramenti Altaris, Marietti, 1931, p. 114)

 I am amazed at how quickly this spirit of evil has permeated the world and the church. In less than one generation! The generation that permitted contraceptives and abortion on demand! When I was growing up decent people never mentioned sodomy today we watch it on TV.
The Anti-Priests?

The following book exposing the infiltration of the church is titled the Anti-Priests. I read the book in the early 1980s and dismissed it. But in light of the priest abuse crisis I think the contents of the book have merit for us to consider today. I am not suggesting that Fr. Corapi is an antipriest. I am just making you aware of an organized attack on the church from Lucifer head of the mystical body of the devil who has the capabilities to mimic the Holy Spirit. Remember that he is the father of lies! 

A Communist/Homosexual Subversion?

Sadly, the state of the Catholic Church today in light of the abuse scandals shows the success of some sort of Communist/Homosexual subversion. Incredible as the current crises may have seemed some 30 years ago, it is here now!  An open book for everyone to see. 
Priesthood a permanent mark of Christ placed on the soul of those ordained-It cannot be left  it will go to Heaven or hell with them  

God also saw this crisis in the church and sent his angel with his Mother to Fatima as the Remedy. Knowing this gives us courage! I did not want to give the on line link for the book below because I disagree with some of the comments made by the editors who reprinted the book on line. They are stating that the Consecration of Russia still has not been accomplished. It is disheartening to see all these divisions in the body of Christ. Everywhere that God Performs a Miracle or Work of Grace, the Devil is at Work to Defuse, Confuse and Disillusion!

(Communism in the Church) WORLD TRENDS - December 1972
Postal Address: P. 0. Box 180,
Hawthorn, Vic. 3122, Australia.
Editor & Publisher, Y. L. Dupont

It is a diary of a Communist agent who became a Catholic priest to better destroy the Church. He was ordained in the early forties, and died in the late sixties, and his confessions survived him. He had overlooked one very important fact, however, that no man is master of his own life. He died in hospital as the result of a car accident. His papers were found in his briefcase, and read by the Catholic nurse who looked after him.

His diary indicated that as early as 1938, there were over one thousand Communist agents ordained as Catholic priests or studying for the priesthood. They formed an efficient network of Anti-Priests whose main function was the infiltration, subversion and control of the Catholic press and Publishing Houses with the aid of Soviet money. New ideas were to be spread; a new religion was to be promoted. How well they have succeeded can be seen in a comparison of their avowed aims with the state of the Church since the Council. The reader will be able to judge for himself. Today looking back we can see the enemies within the church were in their places hard at work decades before 1960. We can also take consolation in knowing that...

God also saw this Crisis in the Church!  
He Sent His Angel and Mother
to Fatima as the Remedy!

Pray for the Means to Unmask the Deceivers!

Reclaim and

Purify our Seminaries

This is an important reality for us to come to terms with. We cannot pretend it is not happening!  We have to acknowledge the reality if we wish to reclaim and purify our seminaries from those who follow and promote ideologies incompatible with the tenants of the faith we profess!  We must pray for the means to unmask the deceivers before they are ordained. Because we are dealing with principalities and powers some of the means must include spiritual discernment and prayer employing the rules of the saints and doctors of the Spirtual Life in the Church.  Saints such as St. Ignatius of Loyola and his spiritual exercises with Rules for Discernment of Spirits. The works on Ascetical And Mystical Theology by Adolphe Tanqueray, Father Reginald Garrigou-Lagrange, St. John of the Cross, St. Teresa of Avila, and St. Catherine of Siena should be studied with the same diligence as the works on Moral Theology, Philosophy, and Apologetics.

Our neglect of a rounded in depth instruction for future priests in the principals of Ascetical and Mystical Theology have left us with priests unequipped to guide their people into a deeper relationship with God and protect them from the artifices of the devil.  Keeping priests in the dark they themselves will find it difficult to to discover and walk the path to union with God that was revealed to his church through the saints.

Ignorance of the principals of Ascetical and Mystical Theology has blinded us to a common sense approach in the simple discernment of spirits in observing if individuals are fit for ordination.

For example: People influenced by an evil spirit will have great difficulties praying the Rosary and distaste for Eucharistic Adoration unable to stay in front of the Blessed Sacrament for long periods without feeling some sort of affliction or agitation ect. On the other hand the devil will allow them to celebrate or attend Mass and receive Holy Communion if they are in mortal sin and their Communions are sacriligious.

I believe this was why the secret of Fatima was specifically asked to be opened in 1960. Sr. Lucia was told that at that time the secret would me more relevant.

In October 1943 the bishop of Leiria ordered Sr. Lucia to put the Third  secret in writing. Lucia after much prayer in obedience to the bishop wrote the secret down and sealed it in an envelope not to be opened until 1960, when "it will appear clearer.” The text of the third secret was officially released by Pope John Paul II in 2000.  Some like Fr. Gruner and the Fatima Crusader have made claims that it was not the entire secret revealed by Lucia, despite assertions from the Vatican to the contrary. I want to clarify that the secret was to be opened and read by the pope in 1960. Sr. Lucia never said that the secret was to be revealed to the entire church. Some like Fr. Gruener with the Fatima Crusader have maintaind that position. The decision was always up to the pope weather or not to make it public. The pope has the keys from Jesus and he was inspired not to reveal it at the time for good reason. I question anyone who puts his judgements over the popes. Please use the following link for the opposing side of the Fatima Consecration Controversy.
What was so Important about 1960?
Looking back we see many Historical Events took place in the 1960s with regards to the Catholic Church, Fatima and the Conversion of Russia. The escalation of the Vietnam War to stop the spread of Communism; the Civil Rights Movement; the change in culture and the creation of a new counterculture that changed the world.  On July 13, 1960, another Fatima date the Democratic convention nominated John F. Kennedy as its candidate for president and he became America's 35th president and the first Catholic president. He served until his assassination November 22, 1963. We are still dealing with the effects of the social and political problems that arose during his short administration. 

Events during Kennedy's administration include:
The Bay of Pigs Invasion, 1961, an unsuccessful invasion of Cuba by Cuban exiles, supported by the U.S. government.
The Cuban Missile Crisis, (known as The October Crisis in Cuba) advanced to a critical confrontation between the Soviet Union, Cuba and the United States. The Kennedy administration held a slim hope that the Kremlin would agree to their demands, and expected a military confrontation. On the Soviet end, Nikita Khrushchev wrote in a letter to Kennedy that his quarantine of "navigation in international waters and air space to constitute an act of aggression propelling humankind into the abyss of a world nuclear-missile war."
The building of the Berlin Wall, Summer of 1961, Berliners awoke to a makeshift barricade separating the two sides of the city. The first barbed wire fences were rapidly followed by even more sinister concrete structures, isolating Berlin’s symbol, The Brandenberg Gate.
 The Space Race with Russia: An on going  technological war,  The Civil Rights Movement as well as the beginning of the Vietnam War all took place during John Kennedy's administration.

Second Vatican Council 

During this time of political and social upheaval preparations were underway for the twenty-first Ecumenical Council of the Catholic Church was in progress. The second Vatican Council opened under Pope John XXIII on October 11, 1962, and it was closed under Pope Paul VI on  December 8, 1965.

1968 Humanae Vitae
A Sign of Contradiction
"So controversial, yet so crucial for humanity's future."
Pope Benedict XVI

Three years after the closing of the Second Vatican Council On July 25, 1968.  Paul VI issued the encyclical Humanae Vitae  on Human Life.  Subtitled "On the Regulation of Birth", the encyclical re-affirmed the traditional teaching of the Catholic Church regarding abortion, contraception, and other issues pertaining to human life. The encyclical has been controversial because of its prohibition of all forms of artificial contraception, and did not set will with the new cultural revolution taking place. Pope Paul VI did not issue any additional encyclicals in the remaining ten years of his pontificate. In 2008, Pope Benedict XVI called this topic "so controversial, yet so crucial for humanity's future." Humanae Vitae became " a sign of contradiction but also of continuity of the Church's doctrine and tradition... What was true yesterday is true also today.

Undoubtedly these historical events taking place during were a great cause of concern for all those who read the contents of the secret of Fatima at that time.  Knowing that Our Lady warned that several nations may be anhillated. It is no wonder why the popes were hesitant to make it public during years of the cold war!

We are suffering in our time the fruits of the bad seeds that were sown during these historical events. Their coinciding togethor during the same period and analyzed in the light of Our Lady's appearances at Fatima is a wonder for us who have lived through them.  The finger of God writing in Providence through an Angel in 1916 and a beautiful Lady in 1917 asking for prayers for the conversion of Commuist Russia from spreading her atheistic errors throughout the world.

We can and must take Hope

Are we doing our part to heal the rifts or are we tearing away at the wounds by our own lack of fidelity to the truth? Let us follow the simple requests of Out Lady and pave the way for the triumph of the Heart of Mary? When Mary’s Heart triumphs it will reflect the triumph for the Blessed Sacrament so ardently desired by saints such as St. Peter Julian Emyard.  He obtained permission for his order to have a feast in honor of Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament in 1868 on May 13.  Then on May 13 in 1917 the Holy Trinity sent Our Lady for her first apparition at Fatima. Is not the voice of God speaking again in His providence? The triumph of Mary’s Heart will also be the Triumph of the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus! Let us pray! 
See: Fulfilling the requests of Our Lady of Fatima

"He that wants to be with God,
must be with Pope." Sr.Lucia

Disobedience to Church Authority Tool of Devil Causing Controversy and Confusion Within Church and its Members.

In disobedience we repeat the first sin of pride by the fallen Angels and later by Adam and Eve. The video below depicts another flagrant act of disobedience another slap in the face for Christ in his passion.  The excerpt below is a portion of a homily by a Fr. Pfleger from the Chicago Archdiocese that was given on Divine Mercy Sunday April 11, 2010. Fr. Pfleger openly calls for female ordinations and for female bishops and cardinals. The Video below gives an excerpt from the homily he delivered on Mercy Sunday 2010.  The priest is seen parading back and forth in the sanctuary. In case you cannot make it out he is saying in this segment..."That's why there should be woman priests! That's why there should be married priests! That's why there should be woman Bishops and women Cardinals!"  Note some members of the congregation were holding their hands over their heads and clapping. You may view entire homily if you can stomach it by clicking on video and follow link to U-tube.

An Anti-Priest?
Rev. Pfleger Calls for Women Priests
(From 4/11/10 Sermon)

                                                    Oremus! Let Us Pray!

June 24, 2010

The Pope Blessing Sick @ Fatima Joins Our Lady in inviting them to be Redeemers in the Son with Her.

"The sacrifice required of every person is the fulfillment of his duties in life and the observance of my law!"  Jesus to Sr. Lucia

The Pope calls all to be Redeemers in the Son with Mary. Repeating  the Heart of the Fatima Message given by Our Lady's in her first visit on May 13 to the three shepherds.  She asked them this question; "Will you offer yourselves to God, and bear all the sufferings He sends you? In atonement for all the sins that offend Him? And for the conversion of sinners?"  The children replied; "Yes, we are willing."  Our Lady continued; "Than you will suffer much but the grace of God will be your comfort."  In this first question to the children Our Lady is also asking each of us through them the same question.

It was in this same spirit that the Angel spoke to the children in 1916 preparing them for this moment: "Offer up everything in your power as a sacrifice to the Lord in reparation for the sins by which He is offended, and in supplication for the conversion of sinners . . . More than all else, accept and bear with resignation the sufferings that God may send you."

After the apparitions ended Sr. Lucia explained "Many persons feeling that the word penance implies great austerities, and not feeling that they have the strength for great sacrifices, become discouraged and continue a life of lukewarmness and sin."  Then she said Our Lord explained to her: "The sacrifice required of every person is the fulfillment of his duties in life and the observance of My law. This is the penance that I now seek and require."

The pope's message to the sick teaches us all the ways that we can be Redeemers with the Redeemer and by doing so we are answering Our Lady's call at Fatima. This is the call of the Gospel message. To imitate St Paul and the Apostles, to fill up in our flesh with our individual afflictions what is left in the sufferings of Christ, for the sake of his body, which is the church. Colossians 1:24

God will not go against the free will of man. He invites  Our Lady asked the children if they were willing to suffer for poor sinners. She also asks us the same question through them. What is your answer to the Call of Fatima?  The Call to penance and reparation.

The Pope Giving Benediction

Dear Brothers and Sisters

Who Are Sick

Before I walk among you carrying the monstrance containing Jesus present in the Eucharist, I would like to offer you a word of encouragement and hope, a word which I extend to all those following us on television and radio, and to those without even such means, but who are united to us by the deeper bonds of the Spirit, that is, in faith and prayer.

Suffering which is lived

with Jesus assists in 

The Salvation of Souls.

My dear brother and sister, in the eyes of God you are “worth so much to God that he himself became man in order to suffer with man in an utterly real way — in flesh and blood — as is revealed to us in the account of Jesus's Passion. Hence in all human suffering we are joined by one who experiences and carries that suffering with us; hence con-solatio is present in all suffering, the consolation of God's compassionate love — and so the star of hope rises” (Spe Salvi, 39). With such hope in your heart, you can leave behind the quicksand of illness and death and stand on the firm rock of divine love. In other words, you can overcome the feeling of the uselessness of suffering which consumes a person from within and makes him feel a burden to those around him when, in reality, suffering which is lived with Jesus assists in the salvation of your brethren.

As you embrace Your Cross

the Salvific Meaning of

Suffering will be Revealed

How is this possible? Because the spring of divine power rises in the midst of human weakness. This is the paradox of the Gospel. Therefore, the divine Master, instead of explaining the reasons for suffering, preferred to call everyone to follow him, saying: Take up your cross and follow me (cf. Mk 8:34). Come with me. With your suffering, take part in the work of salvation which is realized through my suffering, by means of my cross. As you gradually embrace your own cross, uniting yourself spiritually to my cross, the salvific meaning of suffering will be revealed to you. In suffering, you will discover an interior peace and even spiritual joy.

You will become redeemers

with the Redeemer

Dear friends who are sick, welcome the call of Jesus who will shortly pass among you in the Most Blessed Sacrament, and entrust to him every setback and pain that you face, so that they become - according to his design – a means of redemption for the whole world. You will be redeemers with the Redeemer, just as you are sons in the Son. At the cross… stands the mother of Jesus, our mother.
 Greetings for English Pilgrims

I welcome the English-speaking pilgrims present today who have come from near and far. As we offer our fervent prayers to our Lady of Fátima, I encourage you to ask her to intercede for the needs of the Church throughout the world. I cordially invoke God’s blessing upon all of you, and in a particular way upon the young and those who are sick.

The Lord, our great hope, is with us. In his merciful love, he offers a future to his people: a future of communion with himself!...God seeks righteous men and women in order to save the city of man and he does the same here, in Fatima...Our Lady asks: “Do you want to offer yourselves to God, to endure all the sufferings which he will send you, in an act of reparation for the sins by which he is offended and of supplication for the conversion of sinners?” May the seven years which separate us from the centenary of the apparitions hasten the fulfilment of the prophecy of the triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, to the glory of the Most Holy Trinity.

Video Homily Mass at Porto

June 11, 2010

The Broken Heart of Jesus, the Merciful Saviour-----------------------History of the Sacred Heart Badge

On the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. Try to attend Holy Mass, and renew or make your Consecration to the Sacred Heart of Jesus .  Also recite some of the prayers of reparation below to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.  Let us try to make reparation for the lack of love and reverence for  the Heart of Christ in the Holy Eucharist. Sacred Heart of Jesus on fire with love for us in the Blessed Sacrament---Thy Kingdom Come!

           Prayer to the
      Sacred Heart of Jesus

“O Jesus, a soldier opened Your side with his lance, so that, through the gaping wound, we might know the charity of Your Heart, which loved us unto death, and that we might enter into Your unutterable love through the same channel by which it came to us. Approach, O my soul, the Heart of Christ, that magnanimous Heart, that hidden Heart, that Heart which thinks of all things and knows all things; that loving Heart, all on fire with love. Make me understand, O Lord, that the door of Your Heart was forced open by the vehemence of Your love. Allow me to enter into the secret of that love which was hidden from all eternity, but is now revealed by the wound in Your Heart”
 (St. Bernardine of Siena).

Pope Benedict XVI on the Sacred Heart

In speaking about the Heart of Jesus, Pope Benedict stated, “In biblical language, heart indicates a person's center, seat of his feelings and intentions. In the Heart of the Redeemer, we adore God's love of humanity, His will of universal salvation, His infinite mercy. Worship of the Sacred Heart of Christ means, therefore, worship of that Heart which, after having loved us to the end, was pierced by the spear, and from the cross on high, shed blood and water, inexhaustible source of new life” (Angelus, 5 June 2005).

Act of Reparation to
 the Sacred Heart of Jesus

O Sacred Heart of Jesus, animated with a desire to repair the outrages unceasingly offered to Thee, we prostrate before Thy throne of mercy, and in the name of all mankind, pledge our love and fidelity to Thee.

The more Thy mysteries are blasphemed, the more firmly we shall believe them, O Sacred Heart of Jesus!

The more impiety endeavors to extinguish our hope of immortality, the more we shall trust in Thy Heart, sole Hope of mankind!

The more hearts resist Thy Divine attractions, the more we shall love Thee, O infinitely amiable Heart of Jesus!

The more unbelief attacks Thy Divinity, the more humbly and profoundly we shall adore It, O Divine Heart of Jesus!

The more Thy holy laws are transgressed and ignored, the more we shall delight to observe them, O most holy Heart of Jesus!

The more Thy Sacraments are despised and abandoned, the more frequently we shall receive them with love and reverence, O most generous Heart of Jesus!

The more the imitation of Thy virtues is neglected and forgotten, the more we shall endeavor to practice them, O Heart, model of every virtue!

The more the devil labors to destroy souls, the more we shall be inflamed with desire to save them, O Heart of Jesus, zealous Lover of souls!

The more sin and impurity destroy the image of God in man, the more we shall try by purity of life to be a living temple of the Holy Spirit, O Heart of Jesus!

The more Thy Holy Church is despised, the more we shall endeavor to be her faithful children, O Sweet Heart of Jesus!

The more Thy Vicar on earth is persecuted, the more will we honor him as the infallible head of Thy Holy Church, show our fidelity and pray for him, O kingly Heart of Jesus!

O Sacred Heart, through Thy powerful grace, may we become Thy apostles in the midst of a corrupted world, and be Thy crown in the kingdom of Heaven. Amen.

Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place my trust in thee!

Sacred Heart of Jesus, protect our families.

Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Thy Kingdom come!

Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us!

Saint Joseph, friend of the Sacred Heart, pray for us!


The Sacred Heart Badge


St. Margaret Mary Alacoque always kept a Badge with her and inspired her novices to do the same. She made many Badges and often said this practice was very pleasing to the Sacred Heart. In the beginning, only the nuns of the Visitation were allowed to wear the Badge.

It was later spread by Venerable Ana Magdalena Remuzat, a religious of the Visitation who died in the odor of sanctity (1696-1730). Our Lord told this nun that a serious epidemic would afflict the French city of Marseilles in 1720, and that its inhabitants would receive a marvelous help through this devotion to His Sacred Heart.

Holy Father Pius IX
on the Sacred Heart Badge
In 1870, a Roman lady wishing to know the opinion of the Holy Father Pius IX about the Badge of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, presented him with one. Touched by the sight of this emblem of salvation, the Pope approved the devotion forever, and said, "This, Madam, this is an inspiration from Heaven. Yes, from Heaven."

After a short moment of silence, he added," I am going to bless this Heart and want all Badges made after this model to receive the same blessing, so that in the future it will not be necessary for the blessing to be renewed by a priest. And I want Satan to be unable to cause any harm to those who wear this Badge, symbol of the Adorable Heart of Jesus."

Wishing to foster the pious habit of wearing the Badge, in 1872 the Blessed Pope Pius IX granted one hundred years' indulgence to all who wear this emblem and pray daily one Our Father, one Hail, Mary, and one Glory be.

"Open Thy Sacred Heart, O Jesus! Show me its beauty and unite me with It forever. May the throbbing and all the movements of my heart, even during sleep, be a testimony of my love and tell Thee unceasingly, 'Yes, Lord Jesus, I adore Thee...accept my poor good actions...grant me the grace of repairing the evil done...so that I may praise Thee in time and bless Thee for all eternity. Amen."

Mother Remuzat, helped by her sisters in the convent, continued to make thousands of Sacred Heart Badges, and distributed them throughout the city where the plague was rampant.

Soon afterward, the epidemic stopped. As if by a miracle, many Badge wearers were not infected and even people who got sick experienced extraordinary help through the Badge. Analogous events happened elsewhere. From then on, use of the Badge spread to other cities and countries.

The news of the graces obtained through the Badges reached the French court. Maria Lescyznska, the wife of King Louis XV, became devoted to the Badge. In 1748, she received several Badges from Pope Benedict XIV as a wedding gift. Among the various presents sent by the Pontiff were "many Badges of the Sacred Heart made of red taffeta and embroidered in gold," the records say.  For a  free Sacred Heart Badge and for more information on the History of the Sacred Heart Badge click here.

--Posted By  Speramus (We Hope!) at 6/10/2010 12:50:00 PM